Circle (2000)

JAFAR PANAHI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Dayereh

Iran/Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Direction du Développement et de la Coopération, Département Fédéral des Affaires Etrangères, Foundation Montecinema Verità, Jafar Panahi Film Productions, Lumière & Company, Mikado Film, Tele+.  Story by Jafar Panahi, Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jafar Panahi.  Production Design by .  Film Editing by Jafar Panahi.  National Board of Review Awards 2000National Society Of Film Critics Awards 2001.   Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

Devastating film that details the harsh treatment of women in Iran. The film begins with a hospital scene, where a family take the news of a new baby girl in the family so poorly that one would think the child had been stillborn. Following that the story introduces us to a successive group of women, each of them recent convicts (in Iran a woman is put in jail indefinitely for riding in a car with a man she is not related to) who have their own struggles to overcome before they can seek asylum from the claustrophobic society that surrounds them. A powerful film featuring smooth direction and excellent performances.

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